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On the Renaissance of Men Podcast, I connect with men pushing themselves, pushing the edge, and pushing boundaries. Each week, I also read and interpret a poem that helps us understand what it means to be a man.

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On the Renaissance of Men Podcast, I connect with men pushing themselves, pushing the edge, and pushing boundaries. Each week, I also read and interpret a poem that helps us understand what it means to be a man.

42 years of life experience, triumphs and losses, plus adventures in 33 countries on 6 continents have allowed me to find my voice.

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Redeeming Our Fathers | BRENDAN SCHMIDT

S02E024 | 02:39:51

Brendan Schmidt runs the popular Instagram account MasculineRevival, on which he pairs a rich aesthetic and movingly honest words about masculinity, as he discovers for himself what it means to be a man.

He’s also someone I share a lot in common with. We “speak the same language,” having been on similar journeys through the New Age and men’s inner healing world and arriving at a rediscovery of traditionalism.

Over the course of our two-and-a-half hour conversation we discussed:

  • The difference between functional and fulfilling Relationships
  • Cultivating traditional values in the dating world
  • The narcissism of the New Age religion
  • Men’s work, why it’s important, and why it’s not “gay” to feel genuine love for other men
  • And finally, his moving story of being abandoned in childhood by his father, when and how they met, and what happened after

This is one of the most important conversations I’ve had so far. I think many men will see themselves reflected in Brendan’s story, and hear familiar themes in the discussion that we share.

And for those men who don’t recognize themselves in us, who perhaps come from different backgrounds, I hope you’ll see more clearly some of the burdens carried by your brothers and the journeys that we’ve walked to stand beside you in this Renaissance of Men, and Masculine Revival.

To follow MasculineRevival on Instagram, click here

To follow his girlfriend EmbracingFemininity on Instagram, click here

To watch the documentary “The Work”, click here

Check out my new website at https://renofmen.com

Connect with us on Instagram and Twitter.

Guests: Brendan Schmidt

Category: Interview

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Andrew Marvell, “To His Coy Mistress” | POETRY FOR MEN

S01E023 | 26:22

Andrew Marvell was an English Restoration poet who lived and wrote during his nation’s civil wars, and in its transition from monarchy to the beginnings of republicanism.

He was a well-traveled, well-spoken, hard-partying bachelor.

In his masterwork “To His Coy Mistress” he paints a vivid picture of a familiar and amorous scenario most men will be familiar with.

But he presents his own unique spin on it, in a moving and timeless encouragement to seize the day.

To read “To His Coy Mistress” click here

To learn more about Andrew Marvell, click here

To watch “Baby It’s Cold Outside” click here

To hear “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” click here

To read AD Hope’s “His Coy Mistress To Mr. Marvell” click here

To order “The Best Poems of the English Language” click here

Visit https://renofmen.com and follow us on twitter @will_renofmen and Instagram @renofmen.

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What Gods Do You Pray To? | Clawson Smith

S02E022 | 02:59:33

Clawson Smith is the author of “Goonhood”, an incisive, insightful, furious, and often furiously funny book about one man’s awakening to the world. It’s about his transition from Bernie bro to outlaw pagan firebrand, and his reactions to the things he sees, the lies he’s been told, and the lies he told himself.

It’s a helluva read, like “Catcher in the Rye” meets Hunter S. Thompson with Clint Eastwood thrown in for good measure.

In our three-hour conversation we discussed:

  • Christianity and Pagansim, Mormonism and Symbolism, Nietzche, Kant, Rosseau, and Burning Man
  • His experience with outdoorsmanship and backpacking, the transformative power of the outdoors, his own personal backpacking tricks, what novice men can do to get started
  • Clawson’s story behind writing “Goonhood”, and some revealing details about the cover
  • The need for different families, tribes, nations and traditions to unify and push back in the face of the anti-spirit movement currently rising across the world
  • And we learned some important details about his upcoming book, the sequel to “Goonhood”

In the podcast, recorded prior to Jan 20th, Clawson relates the story of a backpacking trip he took recently, over a rough trail to an untouched piece of wilderness.

Our conversation was very much like that. It didn’t start out like either of us expected, but we ended up right where I hoped.

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Buy “Goonhood” on Amazon (click here)

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Guests: Clawson Smith

Category: Interview

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Anger: Ally or Enemy? | JOHN SONMEZ

S02E021 | 2:32:00

John Sonmez, founder of Bulldog Mindset, is a men’s coach, entrepreneur, published author, public speaker, and ultra-marathon runner.

We met at the 21Convention in Orlando, Florida, this past October. He’s the sort of high-energy, fit, and positive guy who makes that event so special.

And while you wouldn’t know it to look at him today, he’s also a man who’s been on a remarkable journey of transformation from fat to fit, scared to brave, and sad to Chad.

He’s built businesses, retired young, and traveled the world. And he’s still not done, which is a feeling I can relate to.

Together, we also had what I think might have been one of the most important conversations I’ve yet hosted on my podcast.

We discussed:

  • John’s transformation journey to become the man he is
  • The need to cultivate courage in cold-approaching women
  • How to confront our fears to live a little bit closer to freedom.
  • Some of the key books of the Renaissance of Men, including works by David Deida and Jack Donovan

But then we got into a conversation about anger. It wasn’t a conceptual conversation either.

We talked about what place it has, if any, in the lives of men as it relates to our evolving and devolving environment today — a world of fear, controversy, division, and this creeping sense that something isn’t right.

The result was like two men rolling jiu-jitsu with our life philosophies.

Getting a conversation like this on tape is a bit like catching lightning in a bottle. I felt exhilarated afterwards and more alive.

Because that’s what it means to be men today: to have our ideas and believe in them passionately, and then mutually put them to the test for the purpose of making us both better.

To visit John and Bulldog Mindset, click the following links:

YouTubeInstagramTwitterWebsite

To purchase Jack Donovan, “The Way of Men” click here

To purchase David Deida, “The Way of the Superior Man”, click here

To purchase Robert Glover, “No More Mr. Nice Guy” click here

To learn more about the 21Convention, click here

Visit https://renofmen.com to sign up to be notified about exciting upcoming news.

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Guests: John Sonmez

Category: Interview

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Fitness and Your Higher Self | DEREK ARELLANO

S02E020 | 3:21:03

Derek Arellano is a former first-place pro bodybuilder and US Army veteran, and now is a professional trainer who’s passionate about the body, movement, and creating transformation in his clients.

Derek and I also live in the same city. And the more time we’ve spent together, the more I’ve seen how much of value he has to share.

He’s found his way into the Renaissance of Men, as well, and is discovering how all the streams of his life are feeding into a singular expression of who he is, and what he can create in his life and in the lives of men.

In our three-hour conversation we discuss:

  • The world of pro bodybuilding, how he got into it, what he got from it, and how he got out of it
  • The world of personal training and the effort required to create transformation in people
  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu and his love for competition
  • His family background, and how it helped set him up for a life of success
  • What it means to LARP, or live-action-role play your personal development (to borrow a phrase from Tanner Guzy)
  • How fitness ties into spirituality
  • The meaning behind the hashtag “post physique”, why it works in communities of men today, and where it falls short.

As you can tell, Derek and I enjoy talking about these topics and we hope that you enjoy our conversation — or at least that it’s better than dragging your dick across glass.

Thanks to Rob at The Grounded Athlete, for bringing us together.

To follow Derek on Instagram, click here

To visit Derek’s website Volition Training, click here

To follow The Grounded Athlete on Instagram, click here

To follow the Holistic Psychologist on Instagram, click here

To read “Conscious Coaching” by Brett Bartholomew, click here

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Guests: Derek Arellano

Category: Interview

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Men of Service vs. Men of Servitude | SHAWN T. SMITH, PSY.D

S01E019 | 1:24:39

This week I interview clinical psychologist, coach, and author Shawn T. Smith, Psy.D.

Shawn is an outspoken critic of the “woke”  ideology spreading through the field of clinical psychology, and speaks up courageously against the American Psychological Association, the governing body propagating it.

This week I interview clinical psychologist, coach, and author Shawn T. Smith, Psy.D.

Shawn is an outspoken critic of the “woke”  ideology spreading through the field of clinical psychology, and speaks up courageously against the American Psychological Association, the governing body propagating it.

Because psychology and psychotherapy is one of my core interests, I felt having Shawn on the podcast was essential. I wanted to get his wisdom and insight into this rapidly changing field, and how men can best take advantage of its gifts, while protecting themselves from its growing anti-masculine dangers.

In our conversation we discuss:

  • The manosphere, or as I call it “The Renaissance of Men”, and how Shawn found his way into the rich world of male personal development
  • The power of shame, and how it can help us in our social interactions, and hurt us when it goes too far
  • The difference between being men living in service to an ideal, versus men living in servitude
  • The dangerous ideology spreading through the APA and how it could be leading to an unchecked disaster down the line
  • His background growing up with a father who owned a truck stop bar, and how his childhood observations of human interactions helped propel him towards a career psychology

I try to conduct my podcasts in an interview style, where I do minimal talking and lots of listening. But this turned out to be the most conversational podcast yet. And that makes sense, because Shawn is a listener too.

So I hope you enjoy this episode with two men finding their way around some of their favorite and most familiar subjects.

To watch Shawn’s popular 21Convention Speech, “How To Keep The Wrong Women Out of Your Life”, click here

To visit Shawn’s YouTube channel, where he discusses the APA, click here

To purchase Shawn’s book “The Tactical Guide to Women”, click here

To follow Shawn on Twitter, click here

To visit Shawn’s website, click here

To read Robert Bly’s classic “Iron John”, click here

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Guests: Dr. Shawn T. Smith, Psy.D.

Category: Interview

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George Herbert, “The Collar” | POETRY FOR MEN

S01E018 | 24:06

This week I read “The Collar” by the English poet George Herbert, who lived during the 1600’s.

This poem depicts one man’s struggle with his chosen calling of the priesthood versus his burning desire for freedom and adventure.

I also discuss the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic Counter-Reformation, and the flows of history that connect Herbert with our modern age.

This poem is proof that we’re not disconnected from history, and that the more things change, the more some things stay the same.

To read “The Collar”, click here.

To learn more about George Herbert, click here.

To order “The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart”, click here

To order “Poems That Make Grown Men Cry”, click here.

To order “The Best Poems of the English Language”, click here

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Ayahuasca and the Pursuit of Happiness | JASON GRECHANIK

S01E017 | 3:09:44

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, I interview the host of the Universe Within Podcast, Jason Grechanik. Jason is a facilitator at the acclaimed Peruvian ayahuasca healing center The Temple of the Way of Light, which is where we met in 2016.

Jason also leads his own tobacco healing ceremonies in Peru’s Sacred Valley and is an experienced martial artist and yoga practitioner.

Naturally we had a lot to talk about. In our engaging three-hour conversation, we discuss:

  • Jason’s background, and how he arrived at the Temple of the Way of Light and why he stayed
  • The nature of ayahuasca: what it means, where it comes from, and how best to prepare
  • Being, Identity, and Meaning, and how they combine to produce our experience of reality, as individuals and a species
  • Why it’s important to avoid expectations when encountering ayahuasca, and how every person’s journey will be unique
  • Personal responsibility when it comes to healing traumas from our lives and our families
  • The fascinating nature of plants, and how many familiar plants embody powerful healing potential

 

I planned this episode as a gift to the many men I’ve met that have sincere questions about ayahuasca and the idea of gnosis, or direct spiritual knowledge. But the conversation actually became a gift to me as I got to partake in Jason’s wisdom and perspective. Doing so helped me relive some special times in my life, which I look forward to sharing someday.

To learn more about the Temple of the Way of Light, click here.

To check out The Universe Within, visit the following links: YOUTUBE — INSTAGRAM — APPLE PODCASTS — SPOTIFY

To learn more about Jason’s tobacco healing ceremonies in Peru, click here

To purchase to the full album of Ikaros from the Temple maestros, click here

To read Jed McKenna’s book “Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest Thing” click here

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Guests: Jason Grechanik

Category: Interview

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The Art of Healing Humanity | SABIN HOWARD

S01E016 | 1:53:12

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews master sculptor Sabin Howard, America’s foremost practitioner of Modern Classicism. Sabin’s works are owned by museums and private collectors around the world, and he’s been favorably reviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many international journals.

He’s currently in the process of sculpting the U.S. National World War I Memorial in Washington, D.C — a 60-foot wall of bronze with 38 figures, scheduled for completion in 2023.

In our engaging conversation, Sabin and I discuss:

  • The story behind the Memorial, and the technological and traditional processes that have gone into making it
  • Sabin’s bi-cultural childhood in the US and Italy, and how they combined to make them the artist he is
  • How a bit of insight from his wife Traci transformed the memorial into something greater and more universal than he could have imagined
  • How failure can be a gift and a sign of the orderliness of the universe, and how that’s come true in his life over and over again
  • Why his war memorial isn’t a war memorial, but a piece to heal humanity.

 

Sabin Howard makes artwork that will outlive us all, so it was deeply moving to me to speak to a man who not only shares my Humanist values, but who also labors so tirelessly and skillfully to bring them forward into our modern era, which is so desperately in need of them.

Special thanks to Mark Puchinsky and Traci for making this conversation possible.

To visit Sabin Howard on the web, click here.

To visit Sabin Howard on Instagram, click here.

To learn more about the National World War I memorial, click here.

To listen to Sabin give a fascinating lecture about the process of developing the memorial, click here.

To see Michelangelo’s “Last Judgment”, click here.

To see the Riace bronze sculptures claimed from beneath the sea, click here.

To order “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain”, click here.

To order “Has Modernism Failed” by Suzi Gablik, click here.

To visit Mark Puchinsky on Instagram, click here.

To learn more about Sabin’s wife Traci Slatton, click here.

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Guests: Sabin Howard

Category: Interview

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The Benefits of Being Grounded | THE GROUNDED ATHLETE

S01E015 | 1:49:12

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews Rob, Founder of the Grounded Athlete, inventor of the popular Gaia Grounding Sandals, and sponsored professional sprinter.

In our engaging conversation, Rob and I discuss:

  • His background as a pro athlete, and how it led him to discover grounding
  • Details about the many surprising health benefits of the deceptively simple practice
  • How our bodies are as much electrical as they are chemical
  • The spiritual dimensions of grounding and how they link to his Native American heritage
  • His journey learning how to make his bestselling Gaia Sandals by hand

It was inspiring for me to speak to a man who believes in his mission to the degree that Rob does, and who chose to express it so creatively.

It’s my wish that all men find such a powerful purpose. And I hope by listening to him, his passion for grounding inspires you to find your mission, and to find out for yourself what the Earth has to say to your body, through your feet.

To visit The Grounded Athlete website and order Gaia Sandals, click here.

To follow The Grounded Athlete on Instagram, click here.

The see The Grounded Athlete’s fascinating YouTube video on Vagal Tone, click here.

To learn more about grounding and the the “Umbrella Effect” from the physicist Richard Feynman, click here.

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Guests: The Grounded Athlete

Category: Interview

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Adventures of a Mystic Warrior | ALPHASTARSEED

S01E014 | 2:32:26

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews a kung-fu master, mystic, teacher, and psychedelic adventurer fusing esoteric spirituality with a warrior ethos, AlphaStarseed.

In this mind- and possibility-expanding two hour conversation, we discuss:

  • How a mystical experience in childhood marked AlphaStarseed for a life of greatness
  • How he’s used psychedelics to radically advance his spiritual and physical evolution
  • The philosophy of how he’s using his new-found Internet celebrity to help people advance towards their training goals
  • His recommendations for safe and natural ways to become a beast before your workout
  • The growing Gulf between people living in responsibility and people living in fear
  • The Academy of skilled martial artists, and spiritualized warriors, that he’s building for the future.

 

One of the best parts of having a podcast is getting to have conversations with fascinating men pushing the edge, pushing themselves, and pushing the boundaries of thought and what’s possible. And this man is no different.

But I have to warn you, don’t try his techniques at home.

To see AlphaStarseed in action, check out these incredible videos:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

To follow AlphaStarseed on Instagram, click here

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Guests: Alphastarseed

Category: Interview

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Charles Bukowski, “Eulogy, To a Hell of a Dame” | POETRY FOR MEN

S01E013 | 21:01

In this episode of “Poetry for Men,” I read “Eulogy To A Hell of a Dame” by the legendary American poet Charles Bukowski.

This poem about Bukowski’s long deceased muse, Jane, demonstrates not just his mastery of poetic techniques, but his sense of romantic devotion.

Despite being set in his familiar environment of the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Bukowski demonstrates that the values of beauty, love, and goodness nevertheless still apply.

The poem is a testament to how one man loved one woman, and how her love for him lived on, long after she’d passed away.

To read “Eulogy, To a Hell of a Dame”, click here.

To learn more about Charles Bukowski, click here.

To visit Charles Bukowski’s website, click here.

To order “The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart”, click here.

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The Teeth of the Light | THE HOWLING VOID

S01E012 | 2:52:19

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer is thrilled to welcome for his first online interview ever, the anonymous man behind the Instagram account that’s inspiring thousands of men, The Howling Void @the_howling_void.

In this sprawling, encyclopedic conversation, we cover:

  • The importance for both individuals and society to have a “Telos,” or soul-purpose
  • The path of most resistance, and why it’s uniformly the most fulfilling route we can take through life
  • His fascination with the martial arts and psychedelic sub-communities, and how they fuse together in his work
  • His personal cosmology, and how he gets high on human excellence
  • The impact of “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius on his life
  • The origins of The Howling Void project in a suggestion from a lifelong friend, and where The Howling Void is headed next
  • Why you should never compromise on the cleanliness of your sink

 

In addition we discussed: letter writing, architecture, entropy, telekinesis, alchemy, Fight Club, what it means to have a Conscience, and more.

This was a rich and fascinating conversation that I’m thrilled to share with you. And as promised, below is a list of all the resources mentioned in this talk.

BOOKS

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, “Team of Teams”

William Lind, “4th Generation Warfare”

David Kilcullen, “The Dragons and the Snakes”

David Kilcullen, “Out of the Mountains”

Peter Thiel, “Zero to One”

Michel De Montaigne, “On Friendship”

Will Durant, “The Lessons of History”

Meditations of Marcus Aurelius (link)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby”

Deal W. Hudson, “How Not To Lose Your Mind”

Geoff Manaugh, “Burglar’s Guide to the City”

JRR Tolkien, “The Silmarillion”

VIDEOS

“The Woke Memetic Complex” described by James Lindsay

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” Darth Maul vs. Obi-Wan Kenobi Light Saber Duel

DUEL — ANALYSIS (must watch!)

David Goggins, “Taking Souls”

TWITTER ACCOUNTS

Alexander Cortes (TwitterInstagram)

Sol Brah (TwitterInstagram)

Brother Lobo (Twitter)

MOVIES

Fight Club

Heat

Free Solo

The Last Samurai

The Matrix

OTHER RESOURCES

Jack Donovan, “Violence is Golden”

Singapore Changi International Airport

Franco Colombu (Wikipedia)

… or was it ColomBO

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Follow The Howling Void on Twitter

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The Howling Void backup account, The Laughing Abyss (click here)

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Guests: The Howling Void

Category: Interview

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“Last Gods”, by Galway Kinnell | POETRY FOR MEN

S01E011 | 21:51

In this episode of Poetry for Men, I read the exquisite “Last Gods” by the 20th century American poet Galway Kinnell.

This graphic poem depicting a man and woman making passionate love weaves together both personal and mythological themes to produce a result that attains, to me, the status of high art.

It has become one of my favorite poems of all time, and though it’s taken an act of courage to read, the process was very much worth it.

I hope you agree, and that this poem moves you as much as it does me.

To read “Last Gods” online, click here

For more about Galway Kinnell, click here

To watch Galway Kinnell on YouTube, click here

To hear Galway Kinnell read this poem on Spotify, click here

To order “The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart”, click here.

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Holistic Masculinity in Action | MR. SWIFT

S01E010 | 1:47:54

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews one of the most capable, dangerous, and deeply wise male leaders today, Mr. Swift.

In a wide-ranging and entertaining conversation, we discuss:

  • His history as a paramedic and at multiple levels of law enforcement, and how he evolved into the mentor and leader of men he is today
  • His Christian faith, the Bible, our shared love for CS Lewis, his perspectives on religion, and how his faith shows up in all aspects of his life—including how it applies to the moral application of violence in our lives and towards the advancement of civilization
  • His family lineage of warriors, and some of the challenges he faces with passing on his family’s traditions and values in today’s political climate
  • The vital differences between killing & murder, and force & violence
  • The breadth of what “holistic masculinity” means to him
  • His journey with PTSD, and the unseen burdens that first responders take onto themselves to ensure the smooth running of our society
  • His surprising artistic and creative hobbies, and the story behind his new Garden Club, coming soon
  • What it means to kick your wife out of bed to make room for your girlfriend

Information about the book “Left of Bang” (click here)

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Follow Mr. Swift on Instagram (click here)

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Guests: Mr. Swift

Category: Interview

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Hidden Dimensions of Election 2020 | PAT STEDMAN

S01E09 | 2:04:50

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews acclaimed dating and relationship strategist, and the world’s leading expert on hypergamy, Pat Stedman.

We talk about:

  • The 2020 election and its hidden physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions
  • Consent, and what it means to give your energy not just to others, but also to their visions for the future vs. your own
  • The President, and the man he might be, versus the man he is portrayed to be, and perhaps even *pretends* to be
  • The reality of demons and dark magic, and their impact on us even if we don’t necessarily believe in them
  • Understanding the different levels of reality, and how they apply not just to politics, but also dating and personal development
  • Men’s unique role in the coming age, and how though their own transformations and self-work they can liberate both themselves and women
  • Pat’s personal story of the circumstances around his birth, and how they helped set him up to become the man he’s able to be today, including for other men
  • The powerful energies available to the awakened, connected man, and how those archetypes are portrayed and subverted in popular culture today
  • How the future might look over the next weeks, months, and even years to come

 

For me, this was an inspiring and uplifting conversation during a stressful time. We had a blast chatting, and look forward to sharing more conversations with you in the weeks to come.

Follow Pat Stedman on Twitter (click here)

Visit Pat Stedman’s website (click here) and sign up for his informative emails (click here)

Listen to Pat’s full 21 Report interview with George Bruno (click here)

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Guests: Pat Stedman

Category: Interview

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“A Man Lost by a River”, by Michael Blumenthal | POETRY FOR MEN

S01E08 | 17:48

In this episode of The Renaissance of Men’s “Poetry for Men” series, Will Spencer reads “A Man Lost By A River” by the American poet Michael Blumenthal.

This rich and evocative poem asks us a question, “What if we didn’t truly know ourselves?” What if somewhere inside there was a voice longing to be heard? Where might we find that voice, and what might it have to say?

Blumenthal both asks and answers those questions in this poem, and as his life story illustrates, he knows what he’s talking about.

To read “A Man Lost By A River” click here.

To learn more about Michael Blumenthal, click here.

For Oscar Wilde’s epigrams, click here.

To watch Chris Thile perform Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor on a mandolin, click here.

To order “The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart”, click here.

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Transitioning to Tradition | MOLESKI AND HILLER

S01E07 | 1:48:03

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews married up-and-coming YouTube stars Jennifer Moleski and Dale Hiller.

We talk about:

  • The 21 Convention where I met them, and where we got to know each other, and how the convention can benefit both men and women
  • What traditional partnership means to them, and the challenges of unlearning that they’re facing individually, and together
  • What it means for a woman to be a truly good wife and a man to be a truly good husband
  • The perils of being a content creator on YouTube these days
  • Jennifer shares her experience of becoming an adoptive mother to Dale’s daughter after never wanting to have kids
  • And Dale shares his personal story of transformation from childhood abuse into the strong and capable man he is today

This is definitely one of my favorite conversations so far, and between talking about meaningful subjects we share a good bit of laughter. I hope you enjoy.

Jennifer Moleski on YouTube (click here)

Dale Hiller / LackLuster on YouTube (click here)

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Guests: Jennifer Moleki & Dale Hiller

Category: Interview

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“Mother and Son”, by Alden Nowlan | POETRY FOR MEN

S01E06 | 18:47

In this episode of The Renaissance of Men’s “Poetry for Men” series, Will Spencer reads the poem “Mother and Son” by one of Canada’s most beloved literary figures, Alden Nowlan.

This challenging and provocative piece highlights the ways that parental violence can masquerade as harmless touches, right before our eyes. But by understanding the differences between men and women, we see that not all is well. And through that discomfort, art can help us learn, and grow.

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Category: Poetry

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Moving From Greek Tragedy to Comedy | SOCRATES

S01E05 | 2:10:53

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews author, blogger, licensed architect, and public speaker Socrates of 21 Studios and manningupsmart.com.

We talk about:

  • How to shift men’s lives from Greek Tragedy to Greek Comedy, and how that parallels with The Hero’s Journey
  • Socrates’ journey as a new father
  • His personal transformation as a man, and where he’s going next
  • The struggles that some men face in overcoming divorce and the loss of loved ones
  • And the origins of Socrates’ name and his distinctive colorful shirts.

Socrates’ Twitter: @manningupsmart

Socrates’ Website: http://manningupsmart.com

Socrates’ on 21 Studios YouTube

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Guests: Socrates

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“Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | POETRY FOR MEN

S01E04 | 21:34

In this episode of The Renaissance of Men’s “Poetry for Men” series, Will Spencer reads the classic “Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

To read “Psalm of Life”, click here.

To learn more about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, click here.

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Lighting A Fire In Men’s Lives | ZAC SMALL

S01E03 | 1:45:24

This week on the Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews blogger, author, speaker, and patriarch Zac Small, of thefamilyalpha.com and the Fraternity of Excellence.

We talk about:

  • The process of reclaiming his real name, and some of the disadvantages of using pseudonyms online
  • The 21 ConventionJack Donovan, Ivan ThroneGoldumund UnleashedJack MurphyRoman McClay’s “Sanction”, and Tanner Guzy, and their influences on Zac’s life
  • Lighting a fire in men’s lives to create genuine transformation
  • Where the name “The Renaissance of Men” came from and what it’s all about
  • My life-changing blog post, “To Lose the World and Gain My Soul”
  • Zac’s history in the “manosphere”, or as we now call it, the Renaissance of Men
  • Zac’s “inner generator” and how he keeps it fueled and running smoothly
  • How men need other men to break out of the boxes that we’re trapped in
  • Setting a high bar for his kids and his family, and building a legacy
  • The nature of being Dominant vs. being Domineering
  • The importance of in-person connections
  • His wife Jackie, their relationship, and how they work together to build a strong family culture
  • When he and his wife went to war with each other, and what they got out of that process and how its made their relationship what it is today

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Guests: Zac Small

Category: Interview

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“The Man Watching”, by Rainer Maria Rilke, plus Intro | POETRY FOR MEN

S01E02 | 18:23

In this first episode of The Renaissance of Men’s “Poetry for Men” series, Will Spencer introduces the series and reads “The Man Watching” by Rainer Maria Rilke.

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What It Takes to Lead a Good Life | TANNER GUZY

In the debut episode of The Renaissance of Men Podcast, Will Spencer interviews author, blogger, and men’s fashion icon Tanner Guzy of masculine-style.com.

We talk about:

  • Tanner’s family and its unique culture
  • His own growth and development
  • What it takes to lead a good life
  • The fashion rituals of the punk rock subculture
  • The challenges and key decisions Tanner has faced along the way to becoming the leader he is today
  • And a very special suit he wore that may have changed his life

Thanks for tuning in to this very special episode, and for joining us on the journey.

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Guests: Tanner Guzy

Category: Interview

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